ESOL Certification

RISPE’s ESOL Certification Program is a 5-course, 13-month program with a virtual and synchronous course instruction model for Rhode Island educators in grades PK-12. Our programs are designed by teachers, for teachers. Every aspect of our programming, from the calendar, to clinical coaching, to the coursework is designed to maximize your time and provide you with learning and feedback that is immediately applicable in your classroom.

We seek to ensure Rhode Island’s students have culturally competent teachers of diverse English learners.

Support Structure

As a RISPE ESOL teacher candidate, you will be provided with a Clinical Coach as a non-evaluative resource during the fall semester. The clinical and observational component of the program will be held in-person in your individual classroom and evaluated by a Supervising Practitioner. In addition, each cohort will be guided by an ESOL Program Specialist and have access to RISPE’s certification support staff.


We offer a convenient schedule that aligns with the Rhode Island public school calendar holding classes weekly throughout the summer and one Saturday per month throughout the school year. Our program starts in June and runs through the following July.

Candidates enrolled in Cohort 5 (Jan 2022 - Jun 2023), please click here for a program calendar.

Candidates enrolled in Cohort 6 (Jun 2022 - Aug 2023), please click here for a program calendar.

Candidates enrolled in Cohort 7 (Jan 2023 - Jun 2024), please click here for a program calendar.


ESOL 500 Applied Linguistics for Educators of English Language Learners

ESOL 510 Curriculum, Methods, & Materials for Teachers of English Language Learners

ESOL 520 Sociocultural Foundations of TESOL

ESOL 530 Literacy Acquisition for English Language Learners

ESOL 540 Second Language Assessment and Evaluation

Please visit this link to view course descriptions.


Tuition is $8000 which may be reimbursable, in whole or in part, by your district and there is no cost to apply.